Edgar M. Cullen Prize Paper (H. Hansmann, H. Gerken, D. Grewal) (Best paper by a 1st year student)
Initially, the crash was reported as just another tragic accident. In the pre-dawn hours on Boston’s Hyde Park Avenue, a Honda Civic drifted across the median and slammed into an oncoming car. The drifting driver, a young man by the name of Patrick Fortuna, died. The four occupants of the other vehicle were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries, a painful litany of bone fractures, cuts and concussions. Police reports indicated that the deceased driver was at fault. Given the roughly thirty-three thousand killed and 2.3 million injured on U.S. roads each year, this collision—though undoubtedly horrific for those involved—ostensibly did not warrant more than a few sentences in the local police blotter. Hyde Park Avenue was reopened to traffic by sunrise.
 Christopher J. Girard, 24-Year-Old Killed in Hyde Park Car Crash Early This Morning, Boston.com (Feb. 5, 2012, 7:59 AM), http://www.boston.com/2012/02/05/crashweb/fD5XZGvIwIZZYlWFv6vKhP/story.html.
 Id.; Ron Lieber, Fatal Collison Makes Car-Sharing Worries No Longer Theoretical, N.Y. Times, Apr. 13, 2012, at B1.
 Lieber, supra note 5.
 Nat’l Ctr. for Statistics and Analysis, Nat’l Highway Traffic Safety Admin., 2013 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview 1-2 (2014).
 Four Injured, One Killed in Early Morning Hyde Park Accident, MyFoxBoston.com (Feb. 5, 2012, 7:46 PM), http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/17674184/four-injured-one-killed-in-early-morning-hyde-park-accident; Girard, supra note 3.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Berke, David, "Products Liability in the Sharing Economy" (2015). Student Prize Papers. 115.